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Now it's Rival software in an i-slots partnership
Online gambling group continued its energetic foray into diverse games partnerships as the week ended with its fourth deal - this one with the popular Internet game-server software developer Rival Powered. The company entered the industry three years ago and has provided gambling suites and backend systems for several online casinos, vigorously marketing its 'i-slots' games.  more...

Online gambling to be regulated and licensed in South Africa
Starting the week off in positive vein comes the news that the South African Parliament has at last approved a new Internet gambling law to strictly regulate and licence operators. The approved bill will now go to President Thabo Mbeki for signing into law.

A memorandum attached to the National Gambling Amendment Bill said the interactive gambling industry in Africa's biggest economy was currently unregulated and "generally plagued" by crime. "This situation has resulted in a considerable loss of revenue to the national fiscus and compromises the country's reputation as a responsible global citizen," a spokesman said.  more...

eCOGRA chief executive reviews online gambling regulatory scene
In its quarterly newsletter released this week, the independent player protection and standards body eCOGRA reviewed the global regulatory scene, concluding that Europe in particular was showing positive signs of change.

Chief executive Andrew Beveridge commented that with more European Union states softening their stance on competition and online gambling, high standards by operators are increasingly important.  more...
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Worrying echoes of the Absolute Poker affair as cheating crisis remains unresolved
Almost halfway through the year, the cheating accusations involving online poker site (see previous InfoPowa reports) have still to be brought to a satisfactory conclusion, and this week simmering player anger was again evident on leading Internet message boards such as 2+2 and Casinomeister.  more...

UK gambling group enjoys a solid quarter
Reporting on business during the four months to April 30 this week, British betting group Ladbrokes revealed that operating profits excluding bets placed by "high rollers" rose 13 percent - mainly on a rise in soccer betting and a bigger take from gaming machines. Gross win was up 16 percent.

The company excluded high roller bets from its calculations on the grounds that this sort of action is sporandic and tends to make company performance too volatile.  more...

GBP 500 000 attempt by unidentified Asian online gambling company
The short sponsor for Cardiff City FC, CommsDirect, claims to have turned down a GBP 500 000 offer from an Asian online gambling company to buy their advertising rights for the weekend's FA Cup final.

Welsh-based CommsDirect, which sells 3G mobile phone contracts, said it intended to take advantage of the "once in a century" opportunity to have global television exposure at the Wembley fixture between Cardiff and Portsmouth.  more...
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But new CEO will still be a top earner
The news that St Minver's CEO Jim Ryan is to become Party Gaming's boss when Mitch Garber leaves later this year (see previous InfoPowa reports) has been followed by media reports that his remuneration package - whilst still impressive - will be lower than that of his predecessor.

Garber joined the company with a much discussed package worth some GBP40 million when it floated on the London market, with the Canadian executive arriving just in time to steer the group through one of its biggest trials when the UIGEA was passed and it had to exit the American market.  more...

17 Washington politicians now support attempt to halt online gambling ban regulations
HR 5767, the recently introduced Congressional bill designed to halt federal officials from further implementation of the controversial regulations underpinning the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, has another five supporters.

The Bill, proposed by House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Franks (Massachusetts) and Representative Ron Paul (Texas) quickly signed up 11 supporters, who have now been joined by Russ Carnahan (Missouri), Michael Capuano (Massachusetts), Ed Perlmutter (Colorado), Charles Gonzalez (Texas) and Joe Baca (California)  more...

Electronic gaming ban may be changed following EC submission
Back in mid-2002 the Greek government was widely criticised, and even became a laughing stock in some quarters, as a result of its overkill ban on all electronic gaming - including that taking place on private PCs - in the EU member state (see previous InfoPowa reports.)

Law 3037/2002 was a politically misguided attempt aimed at putting an end to online gambling; but it ignited international criticism for its over-the-top nature, exacerbated by subsequent police raids on Internet cafes.  more...
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Annie Duke and Don Cheadle do it again, raising $500 000 for "Ante Up for Africa"
Movie star Don Cheadle and poker pro Annie Duke successfully held another of their "Ante Up for Africa" fund-raising poker tournaments this week, generating another half a million dollars for the charity.

Thanks to a top-up from the venue for the tournament, the San Manuel Casino near Los Angeles, over $500 000 was raised, increasing the total funds raised by "Ante Up for Africa" in two tournaments to over a million dollars.  more...

Exceptional performance from "Live Roulette" on interactive television
Martin Higginson's London-listed NetPlay interactive television group started the week by releasing its preliminary full year 2007 results, showing a substancial revenue growth of 61 percent from its operations, taking revenues to GBP 9.4 million (2006:GBP 5.5 million).

The company's statement singled out its top "Live Roulette" product as the significant contributor with revenues up 400 percent to GBP 17.3 million (2006: GBP 3.4 million).  more...

New initiative will see 3D company's product beamed into 15 million Europe-wide homes.
The UK-based 3D online poker company has announced a bold move into European television which it hopes will achieve extended viewer numbers in up to 15 million homes across the continent.

Airing nightly, the shows will feature in-game footage captured from the final tables of two of's top tournaments � the $100 buy-in "$10 000 Guaranteed" tournament taking place each Thursday and Saturday�s $60 buy-in "$20,000 Guaranteed TV Showdown".  more...
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Online poker firm allies again with Jupiter Research in second edition
The online poker firm Everest Poker has updated its February 2007 demographics study of European poker players (see previous InfoPowa report) with a second review carried out in partnership with Jupiter Research. Once again a sample of 3 000 players in 16 European countries was used.

It appears from the latest numbers that the game is now most popular with a demographic of both younger and women poker players, with the most significant growth in the 18-24 age group. Germany showed the highest increase in this age group - 41 percent compared to only 17 percent in the first survey at the beginning of 2007. In the 2007 review, poker players tended to be older in Germany with 32 percent between the ages of 35 and 44.  more...

Irish online poker firm gears up with online satellites
Paddy Power released full details of the Irish Winter Festival this week, scheduled to take place between the 25th and 27th October 2008. The festival will be headlined by the Irish Masters (a tournament with an estimated prizepool of Euro1 million) and also features two one-day side event tournaments.  more...

Finalists will take a crack at a million dollar prizepool on the high seas
Online poker website Everest has released the name of its top ten online poker finalists for the $1 000 000 Avalanche high seas poker tournament.

Four Germans, two French, two Dutch, a Spaniard and a Swede with ages ranging from 21 to 55 will battle it out for the million dollar purse aboard the massive Royal Caribbean Cruises luxury liner, Navigator of the Seas, from May 29th - June 2nd. Each of the ten is guaranteed to receive at least $12 500 in winnings.  more...
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World Trade Organisation settlement details could come out in a court of law
The curious lack of transparency exhibited by the U.S. Trade Representative regarding its World Trade Organisation settlement with the European Union was in the news headlines again this week with the announcement that the Public Citizen rights group intends to back demands for full disclosure.

The dispute originates in a lengthy and unsuccessful attempt by the USTR to justify inequitable online gambling bans that were challenged by the government of Antigua and Barbuda (see previous InfoPowa reports) Having exhausted its options in the WTO disputes system, the USTR then took the unprecedented step of withdrawing its WTO gambling obligations, opening the US to compensatory claims from fellow WTO members such as the 27 nation European Union.  more...

45 pro tennis matches may have involved questionable practices, says an independent panel
Online betting was just one of the factors considered last week in the release of a report by an independent panel following an investigation into 73 professional tennis matches over the past five years. The panel found that there was a need for further probing into suspicious betting patterns at 45 of the matches during the period. The suspicious matches were not detailed.  more...

Police raid resurrects the need for modern gambling laws in Ireland
The weekend's raid by members of the Irish Gardai, which closed a casino in Clonmel, County Tipperary, could lead to legal argument in the courts regarding the legality of casinos operating as private members� clubs, speculates the Irish media this week.

Atlantis Casino in Clonmel was raided and shut down, with a roulette wheel, safe, takings and patron's gambling chips confiscated in a raid at approximately 2.30am by at least 7 Gardai, according to eye-witness reports.  more...
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London-listed company has moved to Entraction
Devilfish, the online poker company owned by Devifish Gaming plc with UK poker ace Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott as its ambassador relaunched this week on the Entraction (formerly 24hpoker) software and network.

No reason was given for the change from Excapsa software, although there is unconfirmed speculation that it may be related to the high profile controversies that have swirled around UltimateBet and its sister Absolute Poker in recent times.  more...

RCMP investigator reports a loophole in Ontario province casino system
A 2004 police investigation into drug trafficking in the Ontario province of Canada had a sequel this week when the police revealed that suspects linked to the crime ring used local land casinos to launder money, playing frequently and depositing amounts of up to $9 000 into the slots.

Police investigator Joe Peel told the CBC: "They would go in, under the threshold of $10 000, play various machines and then, at some point, cash out, get the little stubs from the machines � and then ask for a cheque." Keeping the amounts below the notifiable $10 000 level was important so as not to attract the attention of casino staff, who are required to report transactions higher than this amount to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).  more...

Media team follows up on money laundering claims
The suggestion made by a police investigator earlier this week that Ontario land casinos may be used for money laundering purposes (see previous InfoPowa report) sparked an informal "sting" operation by CBC News teams at two casinos, illustrating that relatively large amounts of money can be deposited for laundering purposes....and that the official reporting system at casinos seems to be working.  more...
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A million dollar poker Grand Tournament and 23 new games launched
Poker are pulling out all the stops this week with the announcement of a special 25th edition of the Grand Tournament and the launch of 23 new games on Casino

To celebrate the 25th edition of the Grand Tournament, is pumping up the guarantee in May to $1 million. The Grand Tournaments are the largest tournaments held each month at Poker Players can buy in for $1000+$40 or qualify for as little as $1+10 cents through daily qualifiers.  more...

Ace player John Tabatabai joins Sorel Mizzi and Annette Obrestad on Team Betfair
John Tabatabai has become the latest rising young poker star to join Betfair�s poker player team. The 23 year old takes his place alongside Sorel Mizzi and Annette Obrestad as Team Betfair continues to build an impressive team roster.

Originally from Cardiff but now living in London, Tabatabai�s passion before poker was chess, where he played in European and world championships. He later turned to poker whilst at university and used the skills he picked up on the chess board to enhance his poker play.  more...

FTOPS 8 wound up with a great main event
The current (eighth) season of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series ended on a high note this week with the much anticipated Main Event hosted by poker pro Jennifer Harman. With a $2 million guaranteed prize-pool, the event attracted 4 748 hopefuls, among them many seasoned pros and big names in the game more than prepared to pay the $500 buy-in.  more...
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Full skill gaming suite launched
The UK skill game and network provider GameAccount has launched its suite of skill-based games for Gala Coral, Europe's largest integrated betting and gaming group.

The multi-year deal enables Gala Coral's online customers to play GameAccount's portfolio of head-to-head online games including Gin Rummy, Multiplayer Blackjack and Backgammon. All GameAccount head-to-head games offer multi-table tournaments together with head-to-head cash games and are currently available for Gala Coral's customers via the single-wallet integrated websites, and  more...

Online betting group seeking replacement
Rorie Devine, the high profile Chief Technology Officer for the Betfair online gambling group is moving on, according to reports this week in British IT journals. Devine is apparently considering several opportunities and leaves the company by "mutual consent" in an amicable parting of ways after just under five years service.  more...

First quarter numbers down in Atlantic City casinos
The economic slowdown in the United States seems to be biting land gambling casinos in Atlantic City, according to a report this week from Associated Press, which revealed that a 17.7 percent decrease in overall gross operating profits has been recorded for the first quarter of 2008 by the state Casino Control Commission.  more...
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This incident could be expensive for BA, but serves as a reminder that customers expect respect
The chief executive of the major British betting group Ladbrokes, Chris Bell, has made a decision on corporate travel that could be costly for national carrier British Airways following a customer service issue that turned out to be the straw that broke the camel's back.

The UK newspaper The Telegraph reported this week that Bell has issued instructions that his 14 000 employees are not to use BA for corporate travel unless there are no alternatives. Estimates are that this represents around GBP 2 million in business for BA. The decision follows other bad Ladbrokes experiences with the airline, including the much publicised Terminal 5 fiasco which culminated last week in the BA boss turning down his annual GBP 700 000 bonus.  more...

Key meeting on WTO confrontation this week between top officials
After years of litigation and manoeuvering, an end may be sight this week for the World Trade Organisation dispute over online gambling between the governments of Antigua and Barbuda and the United States. Officials from the two sides are gathering in Washington Friday (23 May 2008) to seek a final resolution.  more...

With an innovative format and a $250 000 first prize, WSOG gets off to a great start
The novel idea of combining the excitement and skill of two great games - poker and golf - worked out well for a Michigan car salesman this week when he beat the pros to win the inaugural World Series of Golf.

Andrew Johnson won the $10 000 buy-in event against 80 entrants that included some formidable poker and golf playing celebrities such as second-placed Erick Lindgren, Phil Ivey, Gavin Smith, Ray Romano, John Daly, Phil Gordon, Tom Schneider, Daniel Negreanu, Rhett Butler, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Dusty Allen.  more...
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With no further licenses in prospect, the big six concessionaires consider regulatory possibilities
The subject of regulation was discussed this week in Macau at a special meeting with major gambling concessonaires called by the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government. Predictably, there were different opinions on the subject from the six gaming concessionaires and sub-concessionaires who met face-to-face for the first time to discuss gaming market regulations.  more...

Officials struggle to find the right people to question, claims lawyer
Icelandic officials have apparently laid charges against the Malta-licensed Swedish online gambling company Betsson for advertising gambling services in the local media, reports the Iceland Review, claiming that gambling in the country is illegal.

The officials appear to be having a hard time finding the right person to talk to, and have called in Icelandic lawyer Sigurdur G. Gudj�nsson who has represented the company in other matters. But Gudj�nsson has been critical of the move, describing the entire proceedings as "absurd."  more...

International ace passes on his knowledge
International poker pro Daniel Negreanu reveals the secrets that have led to his $10 million in tournament winnings this week with the launch of his interactive virtual training platform at

Publicity material promises that the poker ace will unveil his "Small Ball" strategy and open the rest of his Texas Hold'em playbook for the world to see.  more...
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$2.8 million obtained from divestiture of US agreements
Top Canadian online bingo software developer and provider Parlay Entertainment Inc., has announced the completion of a series of transactions which provide for the divestiture of its non-core assets. The total consideration to Parlay from the divestiture is USD$2 810 000 and the initiative mainly involves US-facing licensees recruited prior to the enactment in October 2006 of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  more...

Two million new "3" network handsets this year will have pre-loaded link to mobile gambling service
The UK mobile gambling technology company Probability has scored another licensing coup with an agreement with the UK mobile network "3" to pre-install a permanent link to the Probability mobile gambling service on two million new handsets in the UK this year.

The 3 network boasted some four million UK customers and 250 plus retail stores throughout the UK.  more...

Poker Stars and the Grand Waldo make a winning team for Asian Poker
The largest online poker operation in the world, Poker is applying its years of gaming and tournament expertise in a new direction this week, announcing that it is managing a land poker room in the world's biggest gambling centre - the island of Macau off the coast of China.

Poker Stars has teamed up with the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Cotai to operate its poker room, which has a capacity of 250 players and will offer cash games as well as a full tournament calendar.  more...
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PPA members to benefit from poker star tips
The million member Poker Players Alliance and poker superstar Daniel Negreanu combined this week to announce a new member service - professional poker tips from the master himself.

Negreanu is to write a weekly poker coaching column that will be sent on a regular basis to those PPA members who sign on for the material.  more...

Almost 300 employees affected by staffing cutbacks
Further evidence of the impact of the North American economic slowdown on land gambling operations was afforded this week in articles in the Ontario, Canadian media reporting that almost 300 employees have already been affected by budget-motivated staff cutbacks.

279 casino workers of all types took retrenchment packages offered by two os the province's land casinos, Niagara Falls View and Casino Niagara, whilst a further 11 accepted an offer to work part-time only, but with benefits for the next year. The staff reductions bring employee levels at the two venues to approximately 3 000.  more...

Net losses slightly reduced in a solid quarter
Online bingo operator enjoyed a better quarter one this year, according to unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008. Revenues and player acquisitions were up and operating costs have been reduced, but the company still showed a net loss.

"The first quarter of 2008 was another strong quarter of growth for," said Tarrnie Williams, the's CEO. "We've increased our revenue, decreased our costs, and further entrenched as a premier gaming operator in the United Kingdom market.  more...
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Get set for the big one - I.C.E. dates
The website for this year's ICEi (the interactive section of the International Casino Exhibition at Earl's Court in London, England) will be going live in October and you will be able to register for your free entrance ticket.

Organised by Clarion Gaming, this event, scheduled for 27 to 29 January 2009 is not to be missed for those who want to check out the latest products and developments in the business.  more...
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